Date:9 September 2013
Having spent more than you’re willing to admit in public on a cutting-edge home theatre set-up, don’t go and spoil the effect by parking the bits and pieces on beer crates and coffee tables. It should go without saying that properly chosen audiovisual furniture is a good way to enhance the appeal of winking LEDs and brushed aluminium faceplates. Even if you are not entirely convinced of its potential to benefit your system’s sound, there’s a powerful argument in favour of supports specifically designed for audiovisual equipment. Case in point: Lerange, a locally built range of AV supports aimed unashamedly at the high end.
What started out as a hobby for Louis le Grange about 10 years ago has been developed into a full-on custom supplier to the AV market. More than 80 per cent of the company’s output involves once-offs, ranging from vinyl LP racks to big commissions such as floor-to-roof custom cabinets. The resurgence of vinyl has led to an upsurge in work on custom plinths in solid hardwood for old turntables.
Constructional material is based on solid timber and wood veneered boards such as MDF, but there is an audio tweak: their hi-fi stands use a custom shelving construction that they call deadwood (right). Its constrained layer construction (popular for speaker cabinets) is made up of layers of 16 mm chipboard and MDF, sandwiching a sound-deadening bitumen layer. The result, says Le Grange, is an acoustically inert panel with very little resonance to muddy the sonic waters. The columns used between the shelves are turned out of MDF, further reducing ringing. The whole lot stands on solid aluminum feet with adjustable, custom-turned stainless steel spikes.
Basic stands, which come flat-packed and can be assembled in less than 10 minutes without any special tools, start at around R5 000.